Our Chair of Governors is Bernard Thompson.  His Contact Details can be found below:

Bernard Thompson

Chair of Governors

c/o Brownhill Learning Community

Heights Lane Site

Heights Lane



OL12 0PZ

All Governors are required to declare any business or pecuniary interested that may affect their appointment to Governor of Brownhill Learning Community.  There are no declaration to date.


Additional Information

Governor Roles

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Governing Board


Governor Bio's

Bernard Thompson - Chair

Bernard is a Co-Opted member of the governors and also the Chair.  He was appointed in September 2015


Francesca Sloan - Vice Chair

Francesca is a Co-Opted member of the governors and was appointed in March 2020

Francesca is a qualified speech and language therapist who now works for the local authority as a Designated Clinical Officer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Francesca has worked with the local government association to inspect early years provision, she has worked with the BBC to develop their early years education agenda and she has advised on SEND and early years agendas across greater Manchester.

Steve Kay 

Steve is a Co-Opted / Local Authority member of the governors, he was appointed in March 2020.

Steve is Assistant Director for Early help and Schools for Rochdale Borough Council. He is a professionally qualified teacher and also Professional JNC youth worker. He is also Director of a Community Arts Charity ‘Back to Ours’ and also Director of Rochdale Local Education Partnership.

He is also Chair of the Greater Manchester Education Leads. He has been working as a senior officer in Local Government, Connexions and Voluntary Sector for over 25 years.

Wendy Nicholls

Wendy was appointed as a staff governor June 2022

Wendy has been a member of staff at Brownhill Learning Community since 2015.  She is the Children’s Welfare Lead and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the school.  

Prior to joining Brownhill Learning Community Wendy worked in children’s social care as a child protection social worker for 11 years and is also a qualified counsellor, previously volunteering for NSPCC and the mental health charity MIND.  

Stephen Le Carpentier

Stephen is a Co-Opted member of the governors and was appointed in March 2020


Stella Oldham

Stella is a Co-Opted member of the governors and was appointed in November 2011


Shah Wazir

Shah is a Co-Opted member of the governors and was appointed in February 2022


Brownhill School Committees

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